Chairman of United National Congress (UNC) Jack Warner is congratulating PCS Silver Stars Steel Orchestra on winning the national Panorama title for the second consecutive year. With its rendition of Edwin Pouchet's Battle Zone, Silver Stars, of Tragarete Road in Port-of-Spain, placed first with 291 points in the competition, which was held at Queen's Park Savannah on Saturday night.
Placing second was Petrotrin Phase 11 Pan Groove, with 284 points, with Len Boogsie Sharpe's Pan Army. Third was former champion Neal and Massy Trinidad All Stars, with 282 points. Warner, in his congratulatory letter, told the band manager, Keith Byer, that he was impressed when he and political leader of the UNC, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, visited the band's panyard before the staging of the finals.
"You did well, and you deserve our thanks for such a wonderfully-executed rendition." Warner said it was the second consecutive year that the band "defeated the traditional giants, and it also signalled that in the large band category you hold a 100 per cent record. "No other pan side can boast of such an achievement." Warner advised band members to accept their achievement with humility.